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Charge! Viking Re-Enactors Invade Spanish Town

Image: Residents of Catoira town recreate a Viking invasion during a traditional festival in Catoira,
Residents of Catoira town recreate a Viking invasion during a traditional festival in Catoira, Pontevedra province, Spain, Aug. 3, 2014. SALVADOR SAS / EPA

Residents of the Spanish town of Catoira recreated a Viking invasion during a traditional festival on Sunday. The festival's main ceremony is the dramatization of the Viking landing and the defense of the Torres del Oeste (West Torres) area, a historic event that happened ten centuries ago. The festival is celebrated annually on the first Sunday in August.

Image: A man dressed up as a Viking drinks local red wine during the annual Viking festival of Catoira in north-western Spain
A man dressed up as a Viking drinks local red wine during the annual Viking festival of Catoira in north-western Spain, on Aug. 3, 2014. The festival re-enacts past Viking raids in the area and is celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August. MIGUEL VIDAL / Reuters